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Difficulty III-IV
Length 7.4 Miles
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Reach Info Last Updated 05/30/2006 3:18 pm

River Description


This section of the SF Merced is class 4 from Snyder Gulch to Hite's Cove and mostly class 3 from there to the main Merced. It is a beautiful canyon with interesting and long rapids. This section is a good option for those who do not want to commit to the class 5 rapids upstream in the Wawona to Main Merced section.

Getting There: From the take-out on Highway 140, backtrack towards Mariposa, then turn left onto Triangle Road. At the intersection of Triangle, Darrah and Jerseydale Road, turn left (north) onto Jerseydale Rd. After nearly 4 miles turn north onto Scott Rd, and follow it to Hite's Cove Rd. Make sure you have a good map when trying to find these roads and trails

There are two put-in options.   The best option is to park at the Snyder Gulch trailhead.   Any regular car can reach this spot.   From here hike about 3 miles down the Snyder Gulch trail to the river at Snyder Gulch.   This hike gains two miles of wonderful long class 4 rapids between Snyder Gulch and Hite's Cove.   This trail  faces east and gets full morning sun, so it is best to get a very early start. There are several sections of thick poison oak along the trail, so carry soap to wash off when you reach the river.

You can drive down the Hite's Cove Rd. until you reach the river, but this requires a high clearance vehicle and 4 wheel drive is recommended. It is a very rough road and slow going.   It will probably take over an hour to drive to the river from the trailhead.   This also reduces the length of the run by over 2 miles.

Other Information Sources:
Cacreeks.com

See The Best Whitewater in California (3rd ed.), by Lars Holbek and Chuck Stanley, 1998.
 
 
 
 
 

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Daily Flows Realtime Flows Dreamflows Home
So. Merced - At Wawona
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Graph courtesy of Dreamflows.com.   See the official CDEC gage site for further technical information about the gauge. 

This section can have good flows from winter into early summer. The SF Merced is the major contributor to the flows in the main Merced early in the season. This shows up as a large difference in flow between the Merced at Pohono Bridge and the Merced below Briceburg.

Visually check the flow at the take out by hiking a few hundred yards up the Hite's Cove trail.   The trail starts in the parking lot at Savage's Trading Post and is well marked.  There is plenty of public parking on the river side of the road.   There are also public porta-potties at this location.  

If coming through Wawona, one can visually check the flow  just upstream of the highway 41 bridge. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Directions Description


From the take-out on Highway 140, backtrack towards Mariposa, then turn left onto Triangle Road.  Stay on Triangle road till the intersection of Triangle, Darrah and Jerseydale Roads.  Turn left (north) onto Jerseydale Rd. After nearly 4 miles turn north onto Scott Rd, and follow it to Hite's Cove Rd.   Park at the Snyder Gulch trailhead and hike to the river.    Only 4 wheel drive vehicles should attempt to drive further on the Hite's Cove four wheel drive road to the river.
 
 
 
 
 

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